If you’re thinking about what to feel grateful for, you may either have lots to think about or feel stuck on ideas. In this post, I discuss ideas for gratitude journal prompts to help you feel more grateful this Thanksgiving and throughout the year.
As I celebrate Thanksgiving this year with my family, I reflect on the many things I am grateful for. If you’re a mom, like myself, taking the time to reflect on what to feel grateful for, can be a challenge. Time is limited and tasks are endless. However, it’s so important to take the time to reflect on what you are grateful for. Doing so helps put things in perspective, as well as help avoid burnout.
What is something nice someone did for me this week?
Sometimes people can easily go down the rabbit hole of negative thoughts and get stuck there. I used to provide therapy to people stuck in this “rabbit hole.” When I asked this question of what was something nice someone did for them, I often received the answer, “nothing at all.” What’s interesting is that when I brought in one of these clients to my office, I witnessed someone opening the door for her in the main lobby. For another client, someone gave her some extra coupons to a local store. These may seem like trivial gestures, but if you take the time and hard work to get yourself out of this dark tunnel of negative thoughts, you can start to see that many people do nice things.
When I started thinking about nice things people did for me this week, I was able to come up with several nice gestures:
- A stranger gave me her extra coupon at a restaurant and I saved a good chunk of change on food
- Somebody held the door for me when my hands were full with my baby and bags
- My neighbor helped me carry my stroller to my door when my hands were full
- My partner helped me bring the grocery bags inside the house
- My brother offered and did the smog check for the car
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What was one good thing that happened to you this week?
When you’re a mom, it can be tough to think about good things that happen to you. You’re repeating relentless days of chores, caregiving, managing your home, and multiple other things you’re responsible for. However, good things happen to us all the time when we pause and reflect on our life. Here are a few ideas:
- Did you get a raise or promotion at work?
- Has someone given you a compliment?
- Were you able to get some good deals at the store this week?
- Did you get lucky and grab that premiere parking spot in the busy parking lot earlier today?
What is a struggle you overcame this year?
Struggles are a part of life, but they don’t make life easier for sure. If you had struggles this past year you were able to overcome, what were they? Here are some ideas:
- Your baby is now able to sleep through the night, which means more sleep for you – yay!
- You paid off some debt, which brings you closer to your financial goals
- You always had a hard time saying no, but you starting saying no more this year (to help manage stress)
What invention do you have that makes your life easier?
We live in a time when technology is advancing at a rapid pace. As moms, we have a ton of stuff to do. What are some inventions that make life easier? A list of ideas are:
What is something nice about the city or town you live in?
Every city town has its pros and cons. What are some nice things about the place you live in?
- Peaceful environment
- Safe neighborhood
- Beautiful scenery
- Good schools
- Nice neighbors
What is something you appreciate about your home life?
Home life for moms is indeed hectic and chaotic most days, but there are always things to find in home life that moms can be grateful for. What are some examples:
- Your baby smiled for the first time or took her first step – yay!
- Your daughter made a birthday card for you from scratch that she worked VERY hard on
- Your husband drove your kids to school when you were sick last week
- Your son worked really hard on his science project
These are just a few gratitude journal prompts to get you started and help you feel more grateful this Thanksgiving, as well as other times of the year. It can be hard to find time as a mom to write about things you are grateful for. If time is limited, try starting out writing about one thing you are grateful for on a daily basis, even if it’s just for 5 minutes a day.